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Mr Soccer School Holiday program

Bland Shire Council has responded to an overwhelming demand from local youth by announcing plans to bring a soccer program to West Wyalong in the April school holidays.

Former Australian Socceroo Mark Robertson’s Mr Soccer company, which has current Australian soccer captain Lucas Neill as its Ambassador, will run two free single day interactive soccer programs for local youth at Ron Crowe Oval on April 23-24.

The sessions will run from 9am until 3pm and take place on a specially made inflatable soccer field and goals which are being sent directly from Sydney along with a professional coach.

The first session on April 23 will target five to 12 year-olds while the April 24 session will cater for youth 13 years and over. Smaller age specific groups will be formed at each session.

Each session will include skills development and soccer related activities before a series of co-ordinated small sided games on the inflatable field. People of all skill levels are invited to participate.

With the support of Bland Shire Council, the soccer workshops are being offered free of charge. However, spaces are strictly limited. Youngsters can secure their participation by registering at, downloading the permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian and handing it in to Council’s Shire Street offices. They can also scan the signed permission slip and email to

A local youth survey conducted by Council in late 2011 revealed that sport is comfortably the most popular activity among local youth. Soccer was identified as the sport not currently available in the Bland Shire that young people are most interested in participating in and received more than three times the votes of the second sporting preference of hockey.

Bland Shire Council Director of Community and Development Services, Adele Casey said Council was delighted to secure the professional services of Mr Soccer and deliver on the wishes of local youth.

“Mr Soccer is a widely respected company not just here in Australia but also throughout Asia and Council is delighted to be able to bring them to the Bland Shire in the April school holidays for the benefit of our local youth,” Mrs Casey said.

“There is arguably no more respected sporting endorsement in the country than that of Socceroos captain Lucas Neill.

“Local youth have told us that they want to try soccer and Council is delighted to be able to provide them that opportunity.”

Mark Robertson founded Mr Soccer after  a long and successful playing career in Australia and Europe. Along the way he picked up representative honours with both the junior and senior Australian teams where he played alongside superstars such as Lucas Neill, Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton and Hayden Foxe.

With a passion for grassroots soccer, Mr Neill came on board as the official Ambassador in 2012 and in the last 12 months more than 100,000 children have participated in Mr Soccer programs.

For more information about the school holiday program in West Wyalong to book a place people can visit Council’s website at or contact Craig Sutton at Council on 6972 2266.